Essay on Universal Design For Learning Programs

727 Words Sep 27th, 2016 3 Pages
Each student that enters into the classroom bringing their own sets of strengths, backgrounds, needs, and interest, so why should they all be expected to learn the same way? Universal Design for Learning moves away from the idea that all students learn the same and provides teachers with a framework for incorporating materials, techniques, strategies for delivering instruction. While also allowing their students to demonstrate what they know in numerous ways. UDL addresses the needs of students both with and without disabilities rather than meeting the needs of just the “average” student. The Universal Design for Learning can be broken down into three principles that teachers can look to as a guide when lesson planning. The first principle, Representation, explains that present material to students in multiple ways so that all students have equal opportunity to learn the material. An example of this could be something as simple as a teacher reading a book about penguins, while also allowing the students to read along with her, and showing a video about penguins. Principle Two, Action and Expression, guides teachers on how to plan lessons that allow multiple ways for students to express or demonstrate what they have learned. An example this would be giving students the option of writing a book report on a movie or book. The third and final principle provides teachers with a variety of ways for engaging students in the material being taught, as well as motivating them to…

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